Active adventures in Indochina
Beyond the cacophonous streets of Indochina's thriving cities lies a region of towering, jungle-clad mountains that conceal cathedral-like caverns; human-sculpted landscapes of dramatic rice terraces; vast lakes, great rivers, paradise islands and hidden coves. If you love the outdoors, you'll be smitten by the myriad landscapes that await you in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Don your walking boots and head out for jungle treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park or into the beautiful mountains of northern Vietnam. Stay in homestays with the local minority people as you explore the spectacular terraced mountains of Sapa. Jump on your bike to escape the crowds and discover the hidden corners that most visitors never see. Plunge beneath the waves and discover an underwater wonderland at Nha Trang or remote Con Dao.
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Discover the similarities and differences between these neighbouring countries as you travel on our Authentic Indochina itinerary.
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Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort (Nong Khiaw)
The settlement of Nong Khiaw is blessed with some of the most attractive natural scenery in Northern Laos. Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort overlooks the vertical limestone mountains and stretches along the river, surrounded by forest and mountains. All 15 private bungalows have big balconies that provide a glorious setting from which to enjoy the view of the river and mountains. Due to limited electricity supply there is no air conditioning, but all rooms have fridge, safety box, electric kettles, free tea and coffee and beds are covered with mosquito nets.
Homestay (Ba Be)
The homestay in Pac Ngoi village is a great base for discovering Ba Be National Park. The village itself is located on the edge of the lake, next to rice paddies and surrounded by rainforest clad mountains. The homestay facilities are fairly basic and you will be staying with a welcoming host family in their home, a traditional Tay stilted house with a terrace overlooking the rice fields and lake. You will have a private room with shared Western-style bathrooms and be served a delicious home cooked dinner. Your hosts don't speak a great deal of English but are eager to communicate with the help of books and hand gestures, and of course your guide is around too.
Victoria Express (Hanoi)
The finest of the many sleeper train options plying the overnight route between Hanoi and Lao Cai is the Victoria Express, owned and operated by the Victoria Hotel group, whose property in Sapa will be the destination of most of the passengers onboard. On most evenings the Victoria Express comprises of two carriages of comfortable passenger cabins, with a restaurant car accompanying Hanoi departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each carriage is comprised of six four-berth compartments, attractively decorated in wood and brass, and one two-berth deluxe cabin. Washing and toilet facilities are located at both ends of each carriage, but as with all trains on this route ensuite facilities are not available.
Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel (Preah Vihear)
The Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel in Cheom Ksan District is perfectly located for visiting Preah Vinhear Temple! The hotel blends traditional Cambodian architecture with modern design elements, the rooms are spacious and each has a garden and pool view. The on-site resturanst offers a selection of Cambodian and French dishes.
Phong Nha Lake House (Phong Nha National Park)
Situated on the banks of a small lake, on the outskirts of the National Park
The Phong Nha Lake House is a great base for exploring the nearby caves and impressive scenery. The accommodation is influenced by local design and the rooms although quite simple in design are spacious and clean with views of the lake. The hotel boast a sun terrace and the restaurant serves a tasty variety of western and local cusine.